Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences' alumni, students, faculty, and staff members participate in enriching academic and professional opportuinities abroad. These programs and experiences help to provide and support the enhancement of a global perspective among our students, faculty, staff and, the community, resulting in sustainable partnerships and a safe and supportive environment for learners and leaders from all parts of the world. Following are a few highlights from their experiences, as well as information on upcoming global engagement opportunities.
Andrew Zwick earned a Master of Arts in Teaching ('12) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science ('07) degree from Coastal Carolina University (CCU). Today, he teaches high school-age students in Geography, History, and Global Perspectives in San Jose, Costa Rica.
After earning my bachelor’s degree, I landed in Seoul, South Korea, and though I never planned on being a teacher, I instantly fell in love with the city and the profession. After two years there, I returned to the states, and Dr. Pam Martin guided me to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. This was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend the M.A.T. program for any teacher that wants to not only improve themselves, but open up their career possibilities. It is because of the M.A.T. program that I would go on to teach in South Carolina, Kazakhstan, Egypt, and now in Costa Rica.
CCU has made me the man I am today. My time as an undergraduate made me hungry to learn and eager explore our planet, whilst the M.A.T. program gave me the skills to excel in teaching, which allows me to do both of those. I literally would not be where I am today without them, including meeting my wife, Louise (a primary school teacher from England), whilst teaching abroad. I will be forever grateful to CCU and my wonderful professors for giving me the knowledge and ability to get out into the world.
Summer School in the Country of Georgia
In May 2022, eight CCU students participated in Security Perspectives in the Eurasian Region, a weeklong summer school program organized by CCU and Ilia State University in the country of Georgia. The program was sponsored by a Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia grant obtained by the two institutions. It also received support from a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant awarded to CCU. Read more about their experience.
International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway
This marks the 10th year that CCU students will represent the University and the United States at the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT), Norway. The event, which will be held from February 8 to 20, brings together students from all over the world to discuss and debate global issues and is sponsored by the Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences.
A key aspect of the experience are workshops where students will be segmented into smaller groups to dialogue on diverse matters related to the theme of the festival. This year’s theme will allow students to consider their roles as agents of change in a world that is increasingly polarized by many factors such as nationality, race, ethnicity, and gender with the theme “Polarization: Dare to Meet Yourself in Someone Else.” In these sessions, students will discuss the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of migration. Stay tuned, as we'll be posting more details and photos after they return from the festival!
Teach English Abroad and Change Happens (TEACH) Fellowship
The Teach English Abroad and Change Happens (TEACH) Fellowship in Taiwan is a new international fellowship program for outstanding certified/licensed teachers to teach English and/or multiple subjects in the English language mostly in K-12 schools in Taiwan during the 2023-24 academic year. TEACH Fellows will receive a monthly stipend, flight reimbursement, health insurance, and other support from the Institute of International Education (IIE). The deadline to apply is March 6, 2023. For more information, visit iie.org/TEACHingFellowsTaiwan.
Summer Student Fellowships for Digital and Visual Projects
This exciting summer fellowship opportunity in India is open to graduate and undergraduate (juniors, rising juniors, and seniors), with a deadline of February 15.